The Japanese government has tried to play down fears of a radiation leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant. But there is now a 20 km exclusion zone, 170,000 people have already been evacuated from the area near the plant.
The plant's operators Tepco admitted that radiation levels around the plant had now risen above permissible limits.
CND see worrying similarities to chernobyl
What worries me is how easily this disaster was caused. Earthquakes of this magnitude are rare enough but anything can cause a power failure. And it seems to be the power failure that caused the problem. Plants around the world must now be looking at backup power. Governments must ensure that they do.
How many more disasters will it take to convince our government that this is not a safe green source of power. Invest in renewables instead, they are sustainable.
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